By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Husband of Mercy Johnson, Prince Odianosen Okojie, on Monday led hundreds of his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defect to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Uromi, Esan North East local government area.
Other leaders that defected alongside 700 former members of the PDP included PDP leader in Ward 2, Mr. John Ehiaguina Iyoha, Chief Ase of Uromi Kingdom and Mercy Johnson’s father in-law, Chief Okojie.
The defectors were received by the APC leader in Esan North East, Prince Joe Okojie and APC chairman in Uromi, Mr. Vasco Agui.
Speaking after his defection, Prince Odianosen said he left the PDP because it is a sinking ship.
Prince Odianosen said he decided to unite with his relatives in the APC to ensure victory for the APC in future elections in the locality.
He said the people that made Esanland stronghold of the PDP are now in the APC.
His words, “I was a member of the PDP. I join politics to deliver and develop people in the locality. The PDP is now a sinking ship and I am not the captain of that ship. I had to run away from the sinking ship because of what Governor Obaseki is doing.
“Obaseki has a good vision for the state. He has roll out his development plans and by the time he finishes, Edo State will be something else and I want to be part of that team. It is people that Esanland PDP. We are going to reverse it and deliver votes for the APC in all elections.
“The people of Uromi know me, I will keep doing what I have been doing to make them happy.”
His father, Chief Okojie, assured APC supporters and leaders that elections in Ward 5 will now be a work over for the APC.
“My son and I came for something good for the APC. It is for peace to reign. There will be progress and development with the APC.”
Presenting brooms to the defectors, Prince Joe Okojie, assured them that there are no new comers to the APC.
Prince Okojie said they would be treated equally as what the party wants is victory in every elections.